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Two Moscow police officers arrested in $2.3 million bribery case

MOSCOW, June 16 (RIA Novosti) - Two Moscow police officers have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to extort a 1.5 million euro ($2.3 million) bribe from a bank in the Russian capital, investigators said on Monday.

"Two suspects have been taken into custody," said Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office investigation committee.

Although the Interior Ministry has not yet officially revealed the identities of the suspects, a law enforcement source said earlier that police majors Dmitry Tselyakov and Alexander Nosenko had attempted to extort 1.5 million euros from Inkredbank vice president Pyots Chuvilin.

Chuvilin is also the general director of the Spartak Moscow hockey club.

The two officers were detained at the beginning of last week and then formally arrested after a warrant had been issued by Moscow's Basmanny District Court.

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